Manag­ing mozzies

CITY PRE­PARES FOR NEW SEA­SON

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jaime Shurmer www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473296

A NEW mos­quito man­age­ment video will be launched by the City of Can­ning this month via its web­site to co­in­cide with the start of Can­ning’s mos­quito mon­i­tor­ing.

Mayor Paul Ng said as a river­front lo­cal gov­ern­ment, the City had a ro­bust man­age­ment pro­gram, with pri­mary mon­i­tor­ing be­tween Novem­ber and March.

“Around the start of spring each year, as the wa­ter lev­els start to de­crease in the wet­land, there tends to be an in­crease in midge ac­tiv­ity,” Mr Ng said.

“Midges, which are of­ten mis­taken for mos­qui­toes, rarely bite and don’t trans­mit dis­ease.

“Even dur­ing av­er­age mos­quito sea­sons, there is a risk of Ross River virus.”

A Depart­ment of Health spokesper­son said based on cli­mate fore­casts, the Depart­ment was ex­pect­ing an av­er­age sea­son for mos­quito num­bers.

Ross River virus num­bers were also av­er­age for this time of year.

“How­ever, it is im­por­tant for peo­ple who spend time out­doors to be aware that Ross River virus is most ac­tive in the south­west of WA dur­ing spring and sum­mer, and mind­ful that mos­qui­toes will start to in­crease as the weather warms up and to be pre­pared,” the spokesper­son said.

Res­i­dents should cover up, use re­pel­lents con­tain­ing DEET or Pi­caridin and empty wa­ter from con­tain­ers around the home.

Visit healthywa.wa.gov.au/ Fight the bite for more in­for­ma­tion.

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